We asked readers to show off photos of their rides or customer’s rides they’ve used any of the LUBEGARD® family of products in. Choosing the winner of the Apple iPad was tough. We’re pleased to present a selection of some of the entries and their stories.
Grand Prize: 1956 Buick Roadmaster
Raymon Butch Pruitt: Pruitt Transmission
Anderson, South Carolina
Grand Prize: 1956 Buick Roadmaster Raymon Butch Pruitt: Pruitt Transmission Anderson, South Carolina
“My 1956 Buick Roadmaster 2-door hardtop is equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows, power antenna, 6-way power seat and a remote Wonder Bar radio. It now has a one of a kind CNC adaptor to replace the Dynaflow trans with a 400 Turbo trans, naturally I put in Lubegard Red ATF Protectant (great product we’ve used in just about every rebuild for over 15 years).
I put Kool-It Supreme Coolant Treatment in the radiator and can cruise for close to 2 hours with no problem in bumper to bumper traffic. The 400 Turbo has worked flawlessly for 3 years protected by Lubegard Red ATF Protectant. Of course it was assembled with Dr. Tranny Assemblee Goo™ to protect the washers and torrington bearings at first crank up. Thanks for products we can trust in every rebuild!” — Raymon Butch Pruitt
Runner up: 1970 Ford Torino
Mark Bowler: Bowler Performance Transmissions
Runner up: 1970 Ford Torino Mark Bowler: Bowler Performance Transmissions Lawrenceville, Illinois
“My favorite vehicle that my wife, Jessi and I own and drive is our 1970 Ford Torino. The outside may look pretty much stock, as the paint is original from 1970 and has not been altered. It still has dents and even a poor repair on the door from an incident in 1973, but that’s what makes it so great. We left the outside alone due to the great condition and the stories that went with each scratch or dent. However, when it came to the mechanical end we didn’t know where to stop. It’s equipped with a Roush 427 Engine, Bowler 4R70W Transmission, Ridetech coil-over suspension, Baer 13″ six piston brakes, tiger cage roll cage, Forgeline 18″ wheels, BF Goodrich tires and Phantom Touch-N-Go Starter System. We used the vehicle to develop a 4R70W transmission package for the Roush crate motor program. This package comes with a 3 year warranty and is guaranteed for up to 550 Ft Lbs of torque, so we had to test the whole package and prove that we had what it takes to offer this combination of performance and dependability. We’ve trusted Lubegard products for years and it’s the only additive that we run in our company and personal vehicles. Every Bowler Performance Transmission Package includes Dr. Tranny Kooler Kleen. LubeGard Red ATF Protectant must be used for our warranty.” — Mark Bowler
Runner up: 1992 Allison XB2002 with HP Merc 260
Bob Sorenson: Riverside Transmission
New Ulm, Minnesota
Runner up: 1992 Allison XB2002 with HP Merc 260 Bob Sorenson: Riverside Transmission New Ulm, Minnesota
“My ride is a 1992 Allison XB2002 with a HP Merc 260 for power. It has a top speed of 105 MPH and will run the standing start 1/4 mile at 95 MPH. I use LUBEGARD 2 Cycle Oil at a mixture of 32/1 and run the motor to 9000 rpm. Using LUBEGARD 2 Cycle Oil, the motor has very little wear between rebuilds. I was also able to go twice as long between rebuilds compaired to using other oils. The MARINE GEAR OIL SUPPLEMENT is also added to the gear case.
I also have two collector cars. A 1996 Monte Carlo SS and a 1966 Chevy Belair. These cars have Lubegard products used from the radiator to the rear end. I credit Lubegard for keeping the acids from forming in the oil and keeping my cars happy. I have been a religious user of Lubegard products since 1993 and every transmission that leaves our shop gets a bottle.” — Bob Sorenson
Runner up: 1947 Mercury Woody
Jaime Rodriguez: Advanced Transmission Parts
Runner up: 1947 Mercury Woody Jaime Rodriguez: Advanced Transmission Parts Laredo, Texas
“Lubegard Highly Friction Modified ATF Supplement works like magic. I also use Lubegard Engine Oil Protectant and it works great!” — Jaime Rodriguez
Runner up: 2006 chevy ssr (super sport roadster)
Dean Lab: Dean’s Quality Transmissions
Spanish Fork, Utah
Runner up: 2006 chevy ssr (super sport roadster) Dean Lab: Dean's Quality Transmissions Spanish Fork, Utah
“After we installed the shift kit and high stall converter we added Lubegard Platinum Universal ATF Protectant and an external cooler. We also drained the dexcool and converted to the green antifreeze and a bottle of Kool-It.” — Dean Lab
Runner up: 1986 Buick Grand National
Jim Chaudrue: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Runner up: 1986 Buick Grand National Jim Chaudrue: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“I purchased this car about 4 years ago. It needed a new engine and transmission when I got it. I rebuilt the engine and trans using Lubegard products in both. My Buick has 83k on it. They only made 5,512 of the Grand Nationals in 1986 and mine has the rare Astro Roof option. Only a few hundred came out in 1986 with that option. The car now drives and rides like new again with a freshly rebuilt engine and transmission. I’ve taken it to several local shows and it’s always a crowd-pleaser.
I did a few modifications to the car while it was being rebuilt. Mostly modifications you can’t see. 5 angle valve job on the heads, JE forged pistons, 009 42lb. injectors, a turbo tweak chip, took the cat off, bigger fuel pump, and a hot wire kit on the fuel pump. These were some of the things Buick did to slow these cars down for government testing back in 1986. Everything in the engine bay has been either powder coated and or ceramic coated to make it last.
There’s nothing better for older cars than Lubegard transmission products. Lubegard makes some of the only products I’ve used where you can not only see but feel the results!
Lubegard (RED) ATF Protectant:
I actually use this in all 6 vehicles I own. This is by far my favorite product. You can feel and see the difference when using this product. I recommend it to everyone! It’s really safe insurance for keeping your transmission running smooth and quiet.
I’ve seen several cars that had a slight flare between gears and this product made it just about go away. Great product!
Lubegard Bio-Tech Engine Oil Protectant:
I just started using this product and like the results already. A few of those “what was that noise?” things went away. The cars I’ve used it in seem to have a little more pep and better fuel economy with it. Since I’ve had great results with your other products I’ll keep using it!” — Jim Chaudrue
Runner up: 1977 Chevy Blazer
Joseph Lindbergh: Lindbergh’s Transmissions Inc.
Runner up: 1977 Chevy Blazer Joseph Lindbergh: Lindbergh's Transmissions Inc. Metairie, Louisiana
“My 1977 Chevy Blazer has a new Chevy Vortex Crate Motor (330 HP) with Edelbrock manifold & carburetor, Billet Specialities pulleys, Chrome Powermaster alternator, Sanden polished a/c compressor, Spal Dual II, electric fans, PRC (Performance Rod & Custom) Aluminum radiator, Poweraid Air Intake, Smoothed Firewall (behind Distributor), Sanderson Headers, Chrome hood hinges, Mirrors in under hood panels.
I use Lubegard (Red) ATF Protectant.” — Joseph Lindbergh
Runner up: 1987 Buick Grand National
Dan Miller: GN Northwest, Everett, WA
Runner up: 1987 Buick Grand National Dan Miller: GN Northwest, Everett, WA
“About 2 years ago we rescued “Silverdale” from under a tree where she’d sat for about 7 years. I worked hard to clean and get the car running again. She has sentimental value to me and my fiance because our first date was simply going for a drive in Silverdale. My fiance and I still love taking drives in Silverdale as well as racing her on the quarter mile. She’s an 11 second street car that gets 18 miles to the gallon on the freeway!
One reason the car was originally parked, was due to the rear differential chattering. The previous owner thought the differential was failing. I added Lubegard Limited Slip Supplement to the differential, thus eliminating the chatter and need for rear overhaul.
I also use Kool-It in all of the race cars we build at our shop.
Frequently, I use the Dr. Tranny Instant Shudder Fixx in these cars due to the common shutter from these transmissions. All three products work wonders. Thanks.” — Dan Miller
Runner up: 1957 Chevy Nomad
Chris Tartik: Des Plaines, Illinois
Runner up: 1957 Chevy Nomad Chris Tartik: Des Plaines, Illinois
“I’ve been working on my ’57 Nomad on and off for years now and one thing that was always frustrating about driving the car was the heat build up under the hood. Cruising was never a problem but if you got stuck in traffic or had to wait for a train the temperature would shoot up from 180 to 210 plus in no time at all. Swapping out the thermostat to a 160 and adding an electric fan helped but didn’t completely solve the problem. As most people who turn a wrench either professionally or as a hobby will tell you, horsepower equals heat and my Chevy was no exception.
Then I found out about a product called “Kool-It”. You add this to your radiator coolant and through some voodoo that Lubegard came up with it enables your coolant to perform more efficiently which keeps your engine cooler. Problem solved. I was skeptical at first but I’m a believer now. Leave it to Lubegard to bottle cool.” — Chris Tartik
In Memory of Chris Tartik
We are saddened by the recent passing of Chris Tartik, just days after he sent us his entry. Chris was an industry filtration veteran for over 20 years. His knowledge and expertise, and his willingness to share this information, made him a truly unique asset in our industry. Chris’s passions focused on filtration, his family and wife Valerie, rock and roll, and his beloved ’57 Chevy Nomad.
His Nomad won many car shows, but winning wasn’t the driving force behind his entries — he mostly enjoyed the company of people who shared his interests and wanted to be around them to exchange thoughts and ideas. Chris’s untimely death brings great sadness to many in the automatic transmission industry.
Steve Deckard, Lubegard’s Director of Professional Transmission Sales, former associate and long time friend said poignantly, “Losing Chris was like losing a brother. He is the last person I ever wanted to say goodbye to so soon. Words can’t describe how much he will be missed.”
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